As the series editors of Gothic Literary Studies, Ben Fisher and I are delighted that Joseph Crawford’s The Twilight of the Gothic?: Vampire Fiction and the Rise of the Paranormal Romance has won the Allan Lloyd Smith prize for the best single-authored monograph published on the Gothic between 2013-2014. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the Gothic tradition by exploring how certain popular Gothic forms, such as the Twilight series, can be connected to an earlier Gothic tradition. The book is impressive in its historical range and in its exploration of American popular culture from the 1970s onwards. Gothic Literary Studies is committed to publishing innovative original research into the field and we are delighted that books in the series have won consecutive Allan Lloyd Smith prizes, following Isabella van Elferen’s Gothic Music: The Sounds of the Uncanny success in 2013.

Dr Andrew Smith, University of Sheffield